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Trial Begins For Grants Pass Man

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The murder trial of a 42-year-old Josephine County man began on Monday in a Grants Pass courtroom.

Kiley Hudson is accused of the July 2011 stabbing death of his neighbor, during an argument in the street in front of the their homes.

In opening arguments, prosecutor Ryan Mulkins told jurors that Hudson’s stabbing of unarmed Gary Solamon was not self-defense as Hudson claims.

“The defense will claim that the defendant thought he was saving his own life when he stabbed Gary in the back. He did not think he was saving his own life when he stabbed Gary in the back! The defendant stabbed Gary in the back out of anger,” stated Dep. District Attorney Ryan Mulkins.

Defense Attorney Greg Veralrud of Eugene says Solamon was not the weakling prosecutors describe and that Hudson did not intend to kill his neighbor during the scuffle. It’s estimated the trial will last about three weeks.